Join us March 24-26 in Philadelphia, PA at the first ever Tufting Convention!
The 2023 TuftCon makes its debut as the first ever tufting convention. This three day event is sure to amaze visitors with a one of a kind line-up of guest speakers, demos, workshops, and more! This historic experience is proudly brought to you by Tuft the World and is open to all. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet dynamic artists, view bold exhibits, do some shopping, and enjoy a creative, educational experience
Join us March 24-26! Your 3-day pass gives you access to two full days of tufting fun, education and networking at the Asian Arts Initiative March 24-25 and an exclusive invitation to the grand opening of our new education center in the Bok building on March 26.
Stay tuned for more detailed information on the program! We can't wait to meet you!
*workshops are limited and not guaranteed, limit one workshop per ticket
We have an amazing line-up of Demos & Workshops which include both beginner and advanced tufting workshops, and demo's on finishing your rug, building a larger tufting frame at home, using an AK-III and more. Our 3 hour workshops are a great way to get more in-depth knowledge and advance your skill set whether you are a beginner or advanced student. Want to pick up additional tips and tricks outside of our workshops? Attend various 30 minute demonstrations with master tufters and take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on your process.
We are thrilled to be hosting an incredible line-up of guest speakers at the inaugural TuftCon! Join us in welcoming artists and designers Trish Andersen, Tonya D. Lee and AJ Peterson as well as Tuft the World's co-owners and founders, Tim Eads and Tiernan Alexander.
TuftCon presents an exciting array of educational lectures, from Color Theory to a Short History of Making Rugs, and last but certainly not least, a panel discussion on how to start and run your own Rug Making Business.
Tuft the World staff will be teaching both beginner workshops as well as the long awaited advanced workshop (please note that workshops are limited and not guaranteed, limit one workshop per ticket) We'll be hosting three lectures: Tonya D. Lee on Color Theory, Tim Eads and Tiernan Alexander on the past present and future of Tuft the World, and Tiernan Alexander on the History of Rug Making. We'll have a panel discussion on starting a rug making business, and various demonstrations, including two presentations by guest artists Trish Anderson and AJ Petersen. TuftCon will also boast an open repair booth for all of your technical needs and questions! The weekend will provide a platform to network and connect with fellow creatives, be sure to join us the first night for welcome drinks and mingling.
TuftCon is a 3-day conference. Join us on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at the Asian Arts Initiative, and on Sunday at our Headquarters in West Philadelphia. More details about the full schedule to come, stay tuned!
Yes, enjoy a 20% discount on Black Friday. This will be the heaviest discount available so don’t delay in purchasing your ticket!
We hope TuftCon 2023 is the first of many more! This iteration will have everyone feeling like a VIP as tickets are limited. All tickets provide access to the same programming. Importantly, workshop attendance is limited, and are available at a first come, first serve basis (limit 1 workshop per person)
The closest hotels to Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) are The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown and Loews Philadelphia Hotel. AirBNB is also a great option!
Asian Arts Initiative is in a central location in Philadelphia, surrounded with many options. Conveniently located next door to the Chinatown neighborhood, you can find many fantastic restaurants, check out Visit Philly’s guide to some favorites, here. AAI is also a short distance from the popular Reading Terminal Market, an enclosed public market of over 70 diverse vendors, which will easily satiate all of your meal, snack and food shopping needs.
No, but there are nearby parking lots as well as easy access via public transit; AAI is a 10 minute walk from the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines of SEPTA at Jefferson Station (trolley, subway and Regional Rail) as well as SEPTA bus lines (22 and 45). View more helpful information on parking and directions here.
Tickets are only available for purchase online prior to the convention.
It is unlikely, but, if the convention is canceled, Tuft the World will organize a new date.